The Future of Locomotion: Autonomous Driving

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CES, the annual event that serves as a platform to showcase some of the most creative and path breaking inventions of the year has always been host to a wide array of developers from every field. Although phone and chip makers have always been regulars at the event developers from various other industries have slowly entered the fray.

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CES brings together some of the most innovative ideas and path breaking technologies from manufacturers from across the globe

CES 2014 and 2015 saw the debut of BMW’s and Audi’s autonomous driving technologies. Both manufacturers have developed systems capable of maneuvering, accelerating and braking in high speed, high risk conditions. This new technology has been long touted to be the future. With game developers, film producers and even scientists proposing radical new modes of autonomous locomotion, the world strongly believes that the next big leap for the auto industry will be the autonomous driving era.

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Tech giants such as Google have also shown keen interest in the field of self driving cars

Although BMW debuted its self driving tech much earlier, a far more refined system was showcased last year. Dubbed ConnectedDrive, the system was developed in-house by BMW’s Technik division. The project aims at making a some of the cars in the German automaker’s range fully autonomous by 2020.

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BMW aims for a fully autonomous range by 2020

Demonstrated with the German car maker’s 6 Series Gran Coupe and 2 Series, the presentation featured the cars navigate an entire race course with no input from the driver whatsoever. More than that however, the Bimmers put on a breathtaking show with smokey burnouts and tail spins. The Bavarian manufacturer’s Autonomous driving tech painted the future in a new and wondrous light.

Audi, BMW’s biggest rival made its big leap into the future with its “Piloted Driving” system. Though not fully dependent on the computer’s vast array of sensors and processors as BMW, Audi’s new tech is just as impressive. While BMW showcased its system at CES in closed grounds, Audi took it one step further by testing the concept on a long distance drive from San Francisco all the way to Las Vegas where the event is held. Affectionately named Jack, the Audi sportsback managed to travel the 900 km journey with minimal input from the driver.

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Audi’s customized RS7 made it through a 900 km journey with almost no driver input whatsoever

The self driving Audi car serves as a bridge between pure autonomous vehicles and our current generation. Similar to our transition from candle light to electricity, the shift from modern day locomotion to autonomous driving will be a gradual one. Although BMW envisions the grand future, Audi’s self driving A7 gives us an idea about what the very near future of road traffic will be.

While most of civilization embraces the future, some experts are rather discouraged and even dismiss the idea of autonomous driving. The idea of self driving cars may evoke images of a safer and less threatening future, however, in actuality, shocking latent ethical and legal complications frequently arise in the most common of situations.

Wired magazine’s Patrick Lin explores the mind boggling moral ramifications of simply designing a crash aversion and damage control algorithm for cars. He suggests that the development of such an algorithm is not unlike the design of a targeting mechanism. On the surface, these algorithms may be seen as a method for terrorist attacks. However, bizarre ethical and legal issues raise their ugly heads in real world applications. For example, consider an imminent crash wherein the autonomous crash must make a decision between colliding with a motorcyclist with a helmet and a motorcyclist without.

Common sense and probability dictates that the vehicle must collide with the biker that has a higher chance of survival i.e. the one wearing the helmet. This leads to a situation where the motorist adhering to the rules is punished. This will in turn lead to a radical change in riding habits of most bikers. By cultivating hazardous driving habits, such motorists will be less prone to “attack” from the on-board computer systems. A strange consequence of autonomous driving.

By ensuring cars and bikes are safer in tougher conditions, consumers have a tendency to push harder with the knowledge that the car has been designed to provide better safety. There is no escaping the veiled hurdles of the future but as Mr. Lin suggests, with conscious effort from consumers and a better understanding of what is under the hood of the car of the future, we can better appreciate and implement this new technology.

Ariel Nomad- The off-road buggy

Ariel, the British car and motorbike specialist is working on an ultra-light, ultra-fast off-road buggy. Ariel is the same company responsible for the “back passage hauling” ruthlessly designed Ariel Atom. The buggy will make its debut on 6 January 2015.

Here’s more information about the Nomad Buggy.


A vehicle that is built to peregrinate from place to place, the Nomad is built around the same architecture as the Atom. The vehicle follows quite a simplistic approach and uses a light-weight body that attracts speed. The Honda-powered Ariel Nomad sport buggy, the Buggy was revealed on January 6 2015. The buggy will be available pretty soon.

The Nomad carries a simple design that uses lightweight bronze welded chassis that is assembled by hand. The car’s images indicate that it has a highly-modified platform that includes a comprehensive roll-cage. The vehicle also has underbody protection along with long-travel suspension.

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The vehicle also features chunky mud-terrain tires that adapt to off-road conditions quite well.

The Nomad is a rear-wheel drive car and it makes it quite the suitable car for rally stages than the technical rock crawling kinds. The independent suspensions on all corners help it attain high speed handling characteristics on various surfaces.

The boss of Ariel Simon Saunders thinks “most Nomads will be bought for recreational driving both on and off road, but the car has the credentials to achieve success in rally competition”.

A well set-up Nomad could eventually compete “with honor” in the Dakar Rally, not necessarily winning but at least reaching the finish in good shape.

Ever since the Atom was launched, the idea of the Nomad-style vehicle has always been a priority. However, with the launch of Atom and various Ace motorcycles, the Nomad remained a thought.

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However, the Nomad project progressed because of Ariel founder’s son, Henry Siebert-Saunders, whose interest in off-road encouraged him to complete the prototype and lead its development on terrain normally reserved for conventional, slow and heavy 4x4s.

He says, “We’ve tested the Nomad on a variety of race circuits and proving grounds, as well as on various private tracks including well known WRC stages, winch challenge courses and closed forest roads. The idea was to subject our two-wheel-drive car to tests worthy of a conventional 4×4, because we reckoned its compactness, torque and light weight would compensate for its lack of four-wheel drive. So far we’ve been right and the Nomad has lapped it up, to the extent that the whole thing adds up to a whole new kind of driving fun.”


The Nomad is powered by a 2.4 liter, long-stroke four-cylinder Honda Engine. The engine is the same as used in the high-end versions of Honda Accord. The vehicle has been configured with Ariel electronics to help it produce 235bhp at 7200rpm.

The torque output of the Nomad is 221 lb ft and it matches the power that was found in the 2 liter Atom that had its reputation for being the fastest cars on road.


The Nomad carries a modest weight of 670 kgs and it has big wheels and has extra rollover protection. The Nomad also has bulky long travel suspension and chassis modifications that are needed for it to cope with off-road use.

The car whizzes from0-60 in just 3.4 seconds and has a mighty impressive top speed of 125mph. This can rightly defeat any fully fledged and super-powered rally car. The best part is that it can do it both on and off-road.

The Nomad carries a power-to-weight ratio. Thanks to the efforts of the Ariel engineers that the Nomad carries similarities to the BMW M3 and M4. The Nomad has a more powerful 2.4 liter engine sourced from Honda that does all the thrusting.


The vehicle was engineered to deliver low-end torque and resistance to mud and water, which resulted in the new power plant. The vehicle has protection from mud and dust and although this is a body-clad Ariel, it features a windscreen.

There are still confinements to the very bare essentials. The chassis of the Nomad is exposed and the vehicle has no doors or even a roof. The new body panels along with the bonnet, engine cover will have some space of personalization. Customers can enjoy the liberty of choosing the colors of their choice.

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Buyers can also opt to upgrade the standard mechanical-slip differential for more technically advanced options. However one option that isn’t expected to be available is an automatic transmission, with just a six-speed manual on offer.

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The Nomad sales are on. The deliveries however, are expected to be in mid-2015. As the Atom, Ariel plans to build up 100 examples per year of the Nomad.  The off-road buggy is priced at £30,000 (AU$58,000).

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Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition

"Pirelli edition Lamborghini Aventador exterior"

Lamborghini fans, here’s some exciting news.

As the celebration of the New Year goes on, Lamborghini has a new and refreshing reason to celebrate. The recent partnership of Lamborghini with the tire manufacturer Pirelli is all the reason for the company to release the special edition of  Pirelli Aventador.

Both the Italian firms are known to have worked closely together in the past. In fact, let’s put it this way: Every Bull that has ragingly bolted with its respective galloping horses from Lambo’s manufacturing unit (in Sant’Agata Bolognese) has had the Pirelli shoes on them. The partnership began back in 1963 and ever since, the companies have worked closely together.

Besides the Italian origins that both companies share, there is also a constant quest for technological innovation that thrusts these companies ahead.

A very obvious piece of information is that the Aventador LP-700-4 is a limited edition bull. However, a few people with lady luck and the year 2015 in their favor will get to ride or in fact, even own this spectacular machine.

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The Pirelli Edition Aventador will be offered in the choice of the coupe or roadster body style and will be produced in a special series. These Lambo’s should reach your garage by Summer-2015.


Apart from all the existing bells and whistles that the original LP-700 had, the Pirelli Limited Edition Lamborghini Aventador will feature some serious Tire-walloping equipment.

An aggressive 700 HP 6.5-liter V12 engine that comes along with paddle-shift transmission, push rod suspension will fire up the Lambo. It will also have the permanent all-wheel drive that the Aventador is famous for. The special Pirelli series is enhanced by exclusive equipment specifically designed by the Lamborghini Centro Stile.

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The power train on this Limited edition beast provides 515 kW (700 hp) at 8.250 U/min and is combined with the ultra-fast ISR transmission. The powerful transmission enables -level performance for the Pirelli model: 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in just 2.9 seconds and top speed reaching 350 km/h.


The Limited Edition brutal-bull has a unique color scheme and details. The vehicle sports a two-tone color scheme in two options. The first option has a matte back for the roof, pillars, rear view mirrors, engine hood as well as the front, rear, side and moving air intakes, in contrast with six glossy finishes for the rest of the body. The body has 6 glossy colors available for the rest of the body; Giallo Spica, Rosso Mars, Bianco Isis, Nero Aldebaran, Grigio Liqueo, and Grigio Ater.

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The second option of the Lamborghini-Aventador Pirelli Edition will have a glossy black finish for its upper parts. Parts such as the air intakes, in contrast with four matte finishes for the rest of the exterior will be available. The colors include Bianco Canopus, Nero Nemesis, Grigio Adamas, and Grigio Titans.

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Another unique and distinctive element of the body is the thin red stripe that runs along the roof, rear view mirrors, and the outer profiles of the air intakes, a stylistic feature designed to evoke the unmistakable Pirelli branding.

The Pirelli Logo will appear in a ravishing red color and it will be visible at the start of the two roof lines and on the tires.

The exteriors will also include: Transparent engine hood, the engine compartment in carbon, glossy black Dione 20″/21″rims, P Zero tires with red logo and red calipers. The Rosso mars exterior will be available only in yellow color.

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Upholstered with a catchy and attractive black Alcantara with red contrast stitching, the Aventador Pirelli Edition is that temptation that is just too irresistible. The red striped that appear on the body have a continuation inside as well. The stripes appear and run along the interior ceiling as well as the seats. The Lamborghini and Pirelli crests are embroidered in red. The vehicle also has leather inserts that adorn the door panels as well as the sides of the seats. To top it off, each limited edition car will have a “Pirelli special series” plaque inside. Isn’t this the best limited edition car ever?

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Bottom Line:

Getting one of these beauties requires insane amount of luck and money. But, reading about this requires none. Various Lamborghini dealers are currently taking orders for the car. The units are being produced and should reach the respective owners garage by summer-2015. Apart from the Limited edition Aventador, the company is working on a new breed of its flagship super car. This new supercar might carry the SuperVeloce title and might be mightier than the existing bulls.

Innovative personal transportation vehicles by Segway

Taking the present scenario of increasing on-road vehicles, whenever you go on a ride either in a car or a bike, you must be thinking of which way to go to reach your destination- so that you face minimal on-road traffic. Just imagine if this is the situation today, what about the future on-road traffic conditions. One of the major reasons for traffic is increasing vehicles on road within a limited infrastructure available. Some of the solutions for tackling on-road traffic include improving and expanding infrastructure, metro trains, mono-rail concept and maximum usage of public transport. The infrastructure development takes time, so how can we go for utilizing the existing space. Segway has come with the solution for this: Innovative personal transportation vehicles. From here on, I will let you know about Segway , their technology and products.

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About Segway:

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Segway, a company with a vision of developing a personal, green transportation vehicle has come a long way since their announcement of coming up with a first self-balancing, zero emission personal transportation vehicle: Segway Personal Transporter. Their development team’s aim was to create a vehicle that takes minimal space, extremely maneuverable and also can run on pedestrian paths. Today when we see their product portfolio, we can say that this is an amazing concept of ride one can have.

Segway Technology:

In order to develop a system, we need expertise in different domains to make the system run smoothly. Segway, with a cluster of technologies has come up with this innovative mode of transport. Some of its technologies include dynamic stabilization which uses the movement of the user for maneuvering and even provides a zero turning radius. Electronic propulsion to wheels through motors and software support for traction and braking makes the ride comfortable. Smart battery management allows the efficient usage of Lithium batteries. Regenerative braking for recharging the batteries during deceleration has also been employed. Various other technologies like Drive by wire advanced sensing and digital dashboard makes user experience memorable with Segway vehicles.

One thing is for sure, the Segway vehicles have minimized the use of mechanical elements and focused more on electric mobility coupled with digital architecture for clear information and interaction of the user with the machine.

Segway Products:

Segway has a wide range of products in various categories like consumers, businesses, Police and security, tourism.

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For consumers, Segway i2 SE, can be used for an enjoyable ride for commuting to offices. If you need some adventure rides on terrains and beaches, Segway x2 SE, an off-road vehicle is the best option.

For logistics and cargo purposes, Segway i2 SE can be added with cargo accessories like storage bins on sides, front storage case. These are made to go at varied speeds, maneuver easily in any environment conditions. Segway x2 Golf, can be used on golf turfs and allow the player to go very quickly to the ball with Golf bag carrier attachment on the vehicle.

Police and security agencies require very fast and effective modes of doing patrolling. For them, Segway has solution in the form of Segway i2 SE Patroller.  This can allow efficient patrolling for traffic management on roads, airport and railway station securities. Innovation is the necessity of life, we have seen it in past and now it is the time for innovations to be used by our future generation. Segway is the result of the same and has the potential making driving a different experience altogether.

Segway India:

In India, Segway has partnered with Bird Group for business. They have almost the same product port folio as that of international market. Recently, Delhi Police has ordered for 25 Segway Patrollers for usage in Delhi for effective monitoring. Apart from this, BirdSegway also organises tour in the National Capital Delhi to make you see India Gate, Amar Jawan Jyoti, secretariat Building, Rashtrapati Bhawan on Segway vehicle. You can book the spots online on Considering a new market of vehicles, Segway needs to go a longer way in India.

Scrooser: A similar innovative personal transportation vehicle

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With rising interest in innovative mobility solutions like Segaway, Google Driver Less cars etc, Scrooser is one among the products through such innovative concepts. It is based on the concept of making to the different corners of city in a perfect manner. This also can be a revolutionary motor vehicle of the future with advantages of electric propulsion, unique styling, zero emissions. For more information.


Suzuki Alto RS Turbo-Charged!!!

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Big or small, all the Suzuki cars have been favorites worldwide. Japanese technology is hence, the best, affordable and popular.

The name Alto is not an unfamiliar one in the automobile world. The instant recollection of a cozy compact affordable car comes to mind. But what if the alto you’ve imagined met a sports car and they decided to have a kid.

Well, the Alto Turbo RS is the product of that reproductive thought you just had. It is definitely not the cuddly and harmless kind of alto that was known to drive people from point A to Z.

The new Alto is a whole new breed of Japanese technology thrusting massive power on the roads. Find out more about this car below.

Turbo Insanity Alto size:

Suzuki had revealed the new Alto Kei hatch back a few days ago. The company has released the images and information about the sportier and faster version named the Alto RS Turbo. This is a turbocharged version of the standard Alto of the Japanese market and is going to be a debutant during the Tokyo Auto Salon, which is going to happen in January 2015.

The Japanese company has performed this feat earlier too. During the 80’s and 90’s, Suzuki had injected the tiny Alto with whole new performance flair. The turbocharged versions from Alto Works in the Japanese market are not new. The cars were sold with both Front Wheel Drive as well as Rear Wheel Drive options.

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The name suggests the raging power that the Alto will supposedly have. The car will be powerful and sporty. Although it will have a few design dynamics adapted from the Kei, this will be racing specific model. The new Alto RS Turbo will hence, follow a long line of Alto RS Turbos that are regarded very highly amongst auto enthusiasts.


The Alto RS Turbo will have a powerful 660 cc petrol engine. However, the power output is unconfirmed. The engine will churn out 51 bhp of power along with 63 Nm of torque. This car is said to be 60 kilos lighter than its predecessor and will be based on a new platform. The RS Turbo will come wither with a five-speed manual or a five-speed AMT gearbox. There is uncertainty whether Suzuki will have an all-wheel-drive version of the car but, let’s keep that option open too. Suzuki is known to have launched such versions too. So, the New Year might have a few hidden surprises too.

The car will have the 3-cylinder engine along with the power of a turbocharger.

Design language:

The Alto Turbo RS will have red accents for bumpers and red mirror caps on its exterior front. It will also include 17-inch red alloy wheels. The RS will also have side decals and a racing stripe to accentuate the looks. This car will join the league of some of the quick sporty Kei cars such as: Daihatsu Charade Turbo and the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart. These cars are known to offer the masses a taste of speed combined with a touch of affordable performance.

The company has given the car a retro look on purpose. The retro style is intended to pay homage to the first Alto RS Turbo that was presented in 1987.

The Turbo RS has abundant usage of chrome combined with Recaro seats and RS stickers. The bumper-lip, decals and wing mirrors are finished in the same color as the alloys to further enhance the car’s sporty appeal.

The fascia of the car sports up a retro looking grille with the straightforward bumper. The asymmetrical slats on the grille of the car will be mostly embellished in chrome.

Awkwardly, the quadrilateral-shaped headlamps are projector units with a chrome garnish. They have quite a weird looking shape, but then this is a sporty car, performance matters more. The front bumper gets modified fog lamps while the OVRMs and alloy wheels are painted in red. The car also boasts of an RS decal near the rear window.


The interiors on the Alto RS include the dual tone paint scheme along with Recaro Seats. The interiors have a slightly different shape than the regular models. The interiors on the RS feature a combination of circular as well as rectangular AC vents.

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Bottom Line:

Suzuki stated that the Alto Turbo RS is definitely going to be a fun to drive car. Its responsive handling combined with high cornering performance is definitely a must have. Sadly, this car is going to be restricted to only the Japanese car market. The Tokyo Auto Salon has been scheduled between the 9th– 11th of January 2015 in China. Let’s hope that India gets a taste of the RS too.

V8 ONEder from Koenigsegg

The dawn of a new era

Untitled-14There is a prophecy that the maximum power produced by an engine depends the number of cylinders present in it and size of the cylindrical chamber. This prophecy had led to the introduction of new types of engines with various modifications in design and working process. One such engine platform are the V8 engines having 8 cylinders arranged in V-shape. Since its origin from 1902, the V8 engines are evolving to a better shape. The 2014 Geneva motor show had turned into a nightmare for this prophecy. The Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg has recently reached an incredible feat with the introduction of the One:1 program that was targeted for the sculpturing of six unique machines.

This One:1 program from Koenigsegg aims at proving the world that the V8 engines are capable of giving out a greater power than imagined when they are designed with better care. This feat by Koenigsegg had led the Bugatti in shame for the second time in a row. The Bugatti which rolled out the bully veyrons with W16 engines supported by the quad-turbochargers believed that they have achieved something very big in the automotive world.

The Veyron’s 8.0L engine had a peak power output of 1,000 bhp which made it to reach an unbelievable top speed of 407.12Km/h (252.97mph). The Koenigsegg’s Agera R blew up the Bugatti’s cover for the first time, the second big blow was given with the intro of the One:1 concept.

The Concept of One:1


      The One:1 works based on a principle of hp to kg curb weight ratio, that is 1hp for 1Kg.The total Curb weight of the car is 1360Kg, so the max power of One:1 is 1360Ps according to the equation. This concept was thought to be an impossible phenomenon. U might be knowing that 1360Ps is equal to 1 megawatt of power. This makes one:1 the world’s first car to produce a total power that equals to an incredible one million watts. Koenigsegg has given high priority for their design and aerodynamics to achieve this big leap.Untitled-12


The oomph factor:


The Koenigsegg One:1 is a heavier modification of the typical Agera. So it carries a 5.0L V8 engine with specially developed 7-speed dual clutch transmission with paddle-shift and an electronic item that had been equipped in its predecessors. This V8 engine has 4 valves per cylinder and DOHC technology. The engine has 92mm bore and a stroke length of 95.25 mm with a compression ratio of 9.0:1. The fuel is delivered sequentially by multipoint fuel injection system. The total weight of the engine is 197Kg fabricated with carbon fiber intake manifold consisting of optimized intake system and ceramic coated exhaust manifold.

The variable geometry twin turbochargers equipped in the one:1 boosts the horsepower by a 201 units by supplying an additional pressure of 26.1 psi to the combustible mixture. Thus the car is capable of escalating from 0 to 400km/h at approximately 20 seconds. This is exciting isn’t it? not only this, the One:1 can be stopped even quicker than that from 400km/h at 10 sec approximately with a braking distance of 28m for 100-0km/h. The brake system is made up of ventilated ceramic discs of 397 mm diameter and 40 mm width at front with 6-piston calipers for a tight grip, as the rear brakes has ventilated ceramic discs of 380 mm diameter and 34 mm wide with 4-piston calipers. This master piece is definitely a license to thrill your senses.


Design features, Aerodynamics and Dimensions:



The design of the one:1 as mentioned above has been made carefully with cutting edge technology, assuming all the possible conditions of the surroundings. The body of the car is made up of the super strong lightweight materials such as advanced high modulus carbon fibers and Kevlar for the body. The chassis is made of the honeycomb core and integrated fuel tanks for optimized weight distribution and safety as that of the F1 cars.

It is an unimaginable fact that this super car has a total chassis weight of only 72Kg. The vehicle’s aerodynamics plays an important role in achieving the power packed performance. The drag coefficient ranges from 0.45 to 0.50 with adaptable rear wings. The trunk weight has been reduced to increase the frontal down force by 40% from the usual weight, i.e, the total downforce at 260km/h is 610kg and 830kg at 440km/h. Thus the weight is distributed as 44% of total weight at front and 56% at rear. The body mods present here are designed favorably to improve the smooth flow of air through them.


The dimension of this mega machine is 4500 mm x 2060 mm x 1150 mm with a ground clearance 59-100 mm and 74-90 mm at front and rear respectively. Guess what? there is a lift system that can be used to modify the ground clearance by 50 mm. Ok let us go to the fuel tank details, the fuel tank can hold 74 litres of fuel. In this case three types of fuels are available as an option, yes three types of fuels, I am not bluffing, the one:1 follows the footsteps of the iconic CCXR running with either E85 biofuel, Race fuel or normal gasoline fuel. There is a problem with Agera, that is, when the Octane number of the fuel decreases, the horsepower shrinks. But this has been rectified here.

Electronic equipment and Additional Features:


The electronic equipment acts like the brain controlling the heart and thus delivering the performance at top notch. The equipment cluster consists of typical systems such as lightweight glass system, power windows, sport ABS, Electronic Speed Controller, Power steering and brakes, automatic climate control, rear view camera, tyre monitoring system etc. The other equipment like G sensor, active ride height for adjusting ride height, the intelligent LifePro4 battery are not usually found in other ordinary high end cars.


The One:1 is equipped with the exclusively developed Michelin Cup 2 tires with the frontal and rear dimensions of 265/35-19” and 345/30-20” respectively with a speed rating of 440km/h. The additional attractions such as the monolithic racing bucket seats, active shock absorber settings, titanium exhaust outlet, active noise cancellation, variable turbo geometry aims at providing an enhanced riding experience.

Crisp Opinion:

The Koenigsegg one:1 is undoubtedly the most desirable piece of techno-craft and a remarkable milestone in the automobile world. The one:1 may cost around 25lakh US$ which is a very hefty price to be paid. But pleasure and pride of holding the Diamond encrusted key of this masterpiece surely has no price limit. The One:1 is now the superior member of the brotherhood of big elite machines like Pagani Hayura, Bugatti Veyron, Hennesy VenomGT andits own siblings the CCXR and Agera.

The Most Precious Cars built

"Mercedes 999 red gold"

Billionaires are plenty and the deeds some of them do usually make the headlines. Then again, there are those who create things that are so ridiculously expensive, you’d probably wonder WTF is going on?

Here is a list of cars that are so precious that if parked anywhere, people might just rip it apart.

Dune Buggy:

At first glance, this might look like a battery operated remote control car. But it is not. This custom made Sidewinder Dune Buggy is one of the most expensive feats of engineering ever built.

The Dune Buggy was essentially built to tackle sandy dunes and beaches. This Sidewinder buggy however, does a lot more than that.

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Powered by a massive 630 brake horsepower engine and made out of sleek gun-metal the buggy speeds from 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds. The concept of this buggy and production was done by a Swedish company named Gray Designs. The buggy has a robust suspension along with high-tech chassis that enables passengers to be seated comfortably.

The Sidewinder is most apt for sheikhs who enjoy sand dune racing in luxury.

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The Interiors of the Sidewinder are that of a sports saloon. The classy OLED screens along with various entertainment options are a perfect blend to keep oneself entertained in a desert.

With a top speed of 93 mph, the sidewinder costs a massive $ 250,000/- :O



Tata Nano is one of the world’s cheapest cars ever built. But how would you react if the world’s cheapest car joins the league of the most expensive ones?

A part of Tata Motor’s publicity stunt was to team up Titan industry (also owned by Tata) to create the most expensive Nano. The Nano is encrusted with kilograms of precious metals like Gold, Silver and valuable gems.

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The car is built with 80 kilograms of 22-karat gold, 15 kilograms of silver and 10,000 precious and semi-precious stones that include pearls, rubies and emeralds. Waste of money or just another publicity stunt? Either ways, Tata has it all. This car costs a whopping $ 4.6 million. Anybody Interested??


Mercedes Mc laren:

Is a Mercedes Mc Laren SLR not expensive enough? You should probably read this.

A Swiss businessman (obviously an eccentric millionare) Ueli Anliker has built his dream car. He converted his Mercedes McLaren SLR into a jewelry box. The Millionaire had a lot of time (and money) in his hands to come with a wacky idea of transform his (apparently) boring SLR into something more.

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He assembled a team of 35 people who spent around 30,000 hours and over $ 5.5 million to transform the Mercedes McLaren into the Anliker McLaren SLR 999 Red Gold Dream.

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By changing the paintwork, wheels, interiors and also the engine, Anliker got his McLaren painted in twenty-five layers of red paint with 5kg of gold dust on the McLaren’s body. The wheels, headlight and the door sills of the car are covered in 24 karat gold.

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The car has gold trimmed seat covers and interiors with ruby covered switch gear. Finally, one sensible thing that Anliker did was convert the 5.4 liter engine’s bhp from 640 to 999. The car speeds up to 210 mph. However, is this car really worth taking on the streets?

The businessman expects a minimum of $11 million for his dream car. Is it going to be sold or will he keep dreaming? Time will tell.



Some people are just not satisfied with the luxury they own. They are always on the lookout for something more.

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A Swiss company called Luxury Refinish has made this beautiful looking Bentley’s bonnet. The fun fact is that the bonnet costs the same amount as the rest of the car and the car looks beautiful. This Bentley Continental GTC has a bonnet that’s painted in 32 layers of white paint mixed with 32 layers of Diamonds. It adds up to 101 carats.

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The diamonds were malleable sized and yet maintain their brilliance and shape. Then a coat of varnish is applied to each diamond filament that measures only 50 micrometers on size. The diamonds are spread evenly. This Bentley easily crosses the $200k mark along with another $ 200k for the bonnet alone.

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The Lamborghini Aventador is much more than a chic-magnet. Owning one is a pretty challenging thing. But what if you have so much money that you’d make a golden Lamoborghini Aventador?

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This solid gold Aventador was carved from a 1100 pound block of pure gold. This Lambo was spotted on the streets of Paris and is now secure at a showroom in Dubai. The model currently on display is a prototype.

The Lambo on the street sports a 666 number plate (antichrist? May be) and this wicked car features a 6.5- Litre V12 engine that delivers a massive 692 hp.

This car costs $ 7.5 million.


This Mercedes belongs to a Russian motorist who has attracted plenty of attention while cruising around in a million Swarovski shimmering crystals. The female driver, Daria Radionova who is 21 years old paid around £20,000 for the crystals and employed a couple of people who worked for 12 hours a day for two months on the car.

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Ferrari GTO:

Taking home the tag of the most expensive car in the world is this 52 year old Ferrari that was tagged the most expensive car in the world. This 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is among the holy grails of the car auction world.

Only 36 of these were ever made and they were very aggressive racing machines in the mid 1960’s. This GTO was sold at an auction by the Bonhams was the 19th unit made by Ferrari and was delivered in 1962 to a French racing driver named Jo Schlesser.

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This car broke the record to be the most expensive car and bagged $ 34.65 million.

Hope you enjoyed this envious review…Stay Tuned for more 🙂

Tweel: An airless tire by Michelin

Tires play an important role in the overall performance, stability, durability of the vehicle and their response in various conditions make them typical in itself. Whether you have a scooter, a motorcycle, a car or even a truck, along with fuel you also need to go to air filling stations for maintaining the tire pressures. When we go for long rides, we usually do a visual check of the vehicle and tire pressures are definitely monitored. What if I say, that in future you might not have go to air filling stations or check your tire pressures. Yes, I am talking about airless tires which are developed by French Tire Company “Michelin“.

These tires are now a reality and Michelin has taken them into the production stage. We will be going through the development of tires in automotive industry and then go for knowing more about “Tweel“. Tires play an important role in the overall performance, stability, durability and safety of the vehicle and their response in various conditions make them typical in itself.

The first tires in the industry were having bands of leather, steel and then the wooden wheels came into existence. However it was the pneumatic tires made of rubber which took the vehicle performance and stability to higher levels. The rubber tires started getting implemented everywhere from light weight vehicles to heavy weight trucks. The basic parts of a tire carcass include treads, bead, sidewall, shoulder, plies and rims are associated with them to form a functional wheel. Based on their construction, they are divided into bias, belted bias and radial tires. One more thing added to this category is the “Airless Tire“.

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Design of Tweel

Tweel is an airless design proposed by Michelin and they have started their first production. Unlike pneumatic tires, this will not be having any compressed air and thus it cannot burst no leakage and cannot become flat. It is supported to the rim with the help of polyurethane spokes. These spokes will perform the role of compressed air i.e absorbing the shock. Tweel on getting loaded or even during obstacles will try to get the shape of the obstacle beneath it and then try to overcome it. Tweel can be described as rubber sandwiched between steel. The stiffness of these tires is directional i.e they can have high vertical stiffness and smaller lateral stiffness. In case of a heavy loader which has lower speeds but for its higher weight carrying capacity, the vertical stiffness can be kept higher and lateral stiffness can be lowered. However in pneumatic tires this parameter does not provide such flexibility. The treads can be grooved similar to the existing pneumatic tires. The overall result is a deformable and non-pneumatic mobility solution.

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Benefits and Drawbacks of Tweel

Tweel is one single unit, replacing the current tire-wheel assembly. Once they are bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain, and the common problem of unseated beads is completely eliminated. Tweel performs like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with flat tires and unseated beads. The variation in stiffness will help in achieving high performance in suitable targets. Unlike radial tires, the treads around the tire if worn out can be replaced by a new one. This reduces impact on the environment. Michelin expects the tread’s life to be two to three times as that of conventional tires. They have shown good signs in off-roaders and also in military applications. However, as of today the prototypes for cars are under development and their success in other automotive applications will enhance their growth and demand. The initial prototypes were reported with problems of noise and vibration. They have been successfully solved in the next prototypes.

 Tweel Products:

Based on the success of Tweel Michelin has come up with products like Tweel Terrain, Tweel Turf and Tweel Hard Surface. Tweel Terrain has been designed for skid steer loaders on a wide range of surfaces. Tweel Turf is available exclusively for John Deere Z-Trak Series Movers.  Even NASA has contacted Michelin to develop a Tweel like tire for next generation lunar Rover and hey have come up with AB Scarab Wheels. So presently, Tweel is getting its presence in agriculture, loaders and military vehicles and in future they have a great chance of getting implemented in automotive vehicles as well. With products like Tweel coming into existence, we can even imagine more innovative technologies in the automotive industry in coming times.

Upcoming new India cars 2015 – Part II

"Volkswagen Taigun"

Part I of the article was a good starter, here is the entrée.

8. Hyundai ix25:

The SUV craze is showing its miracles in India and Hyundai wants to cash in on the opportunity. The company is set to launch its compact SUV named ix 25 in 2015. Sharing similarities in size with the Renault Duster, this vehicle looks pretty neat. The name ix25 is just a code name; Hyundai is going to give this compact SUV a different name. The name i20 is quite familiar among Indians and so Hyundai is going to give this compact SUV a new name.

The ix25 has sharp headlamps that are complimented with a chrome grille. A few more noticeable design elements include upward rising window line, wraparound tail-lamps.

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Hyundai is most likely giving the ix25 the 1.6 liter petrol and diesel engines as found in the Verna. The Gearboxes are also going to share similarities to the Verna. With a 5–speed and 6-speed manual transmission, the car is going to be a great option for most SUV enthusiasts.


The ix25 is most likely to storm the Indian market during Mid-2015. The compact is estimated at Rs. 10 lakhs and it is going to compete against Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Ford Eco Sport.

This is one of the sleekest models in the list of upcoming new India cars 2015.

9. Hyundai i20 Elite Cross:

Hyundai has officially announced the launch of its i20 based crossover named Elite i20 Cross that is going to be launched in the country in early 2015.

The Elite i20 Cross will be based on Hyundai’s Elite i20 and most likely share the same engines. The styling is going to be a little different and the body structure will be altered to fit into the dynamics of a crossover.

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The Elite i20 has a 1.2 liter petrol engine while the diesel variant is powered by a 1.4 liter CRDi diesel motor. The petrol version would produce 83 PS power and 114 Nm torque while the diesel engine would churn 90PS power and 220 Nm torque.


Although the pricing isn’t official, the Cross would belong to the 8 lakh price bracket & is one of the affordable yet neat car in the list upcoming new India cars in 2015


10. Volkswagen Taigun:

Volkswagen is also preparing to set its new SUV into the Indian market at a comparatively affordable price. The Taigun is formulated to tap the emerging markets and draw volumes.

The Taigun made its preview at the Sao Paulo Motor Show and is based on the “New Small Family Platform”

With a concise and clear looking exterior, this is purely a next generation SUV from VW. It carries design hints from the Touareg and carries new LED headlamps along with a large grille along with tremendous space.

This smart yet simple looking mini monster has a touch of sportiness along with sheer sophistication. The SUV also has a touch screen interface that controls multiple functions like Bluetooth, audio player as well as satellite navigation.

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The Taigun is powered by a 1 liter TSI engine with 110 BHP power. Volkswagen has adopted a new strategy by extending the range of 3-cylinder petrol engines and has added direct fuel injection plus turbo charging technology. The engine peaks 175 Nm torque at a low 1500 rpm. All of this comes with great fuel efficiency (22 kmpl)


Volkswagen is set to compete aggressively with Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster, Ford Eco Sport and Maruti’s upcoming SUV. The Taigun will carry a price tag ranging between Rs. 9 lakhs to Rs. 14lakhs and is most likely to be launched in August 2015.

This is one gorgeous model in the list of upcoming new India cars 2015

11. Chevrolet Spin:

Back in 2012, General Motors had bought the Chevrolet Spin in the international market. The MPV is derived from Chevrolet Cobalt and is expected to reach India by the end of 2015. This MPV will compete with Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Nissan Evalia and Honda Mobilio.

The Spin MPV features unique styling with chrome hexagonal grille at the front, large headlamps as well as modified bumpers. It also has fat taillights as well as a small bumper. The MPV is spacious enough for 7 adults and features a lot of comfort along with safety.

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The Spin will be offered in two variants: LT and LTZ that are powered by a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder Econo Flex engine that produces 106 PS power. The Spin will be mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.


Expected to arrive in August 2015, the Spin will carry a price tag of Rs. 6 lakhs to Rs. 9 lakhs.

This is one of the most awaited models in the list of upcoming new India cars 2015.

12. Chevrolet Trax:

Various entry level compact SUV’s are creating a hubbub in India. Chevrolet will also be joining the league by introducing its compact crossover named Chevrolet Trax SUV. The Trax made its first appearance at the 2012 Paris Motor show and started going on sale in 2013 (only in Europe)

Due to the delayed launch, the Trax is soon to makes its appearance on Indian roads. On first glance, the Trax looks quite like the Chevrolet Captiva SUV, but this car is a little different. The Trax will feature Chevy’s split grille along with large bow logo. The muscular looking Trax will have chunky headlamps as well as large flared wheel arches.

The interiors of the Trax will be most likely adapted from Chevrolet’s Cruze Sedan.

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The Trax will have a 1.4 liter Turbocharged as well as a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated engine that would power the petrol variants. The Trax will roll out in diesel variants as well. The Diesel variants will powered by the Fiat sourced 1.3 Liter Multi jet unit. The Trax will be offered in front-wheel-drive as well as all-wheel-drive options.


Expected to launch in August 2015, the Chevrolet Trax will cost anywhere between Rs. 7 lakhs to Rs. 10 Lakhs depending on the variant you choose.

Among SUV enthusiasts this is an awaited model in the list of Upcoming new India cars 2015

13. Honda Jazz:

Honda has confirmed March 2015 launch for the Jazz hatchback. Honda Jazz had a bad reputation in India during recent times. However, Honda has made it clear that it does not want to repeat the same mistake by bringing a very pricey Jazz in India that ultimately led to its downfall.

The new Jazz is expected to cut down all the flaws and bring about new and exciting changes. Mr Kanayama from Honda admits that Honda messed up big time with the pricing strategy of the first Jazz in India.

He also said that “There was some gap between our perception and reality and we learn from various experiences”

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The Jazz will be powered by the same 1.5 liter diesel engine that is currently found on the Honda Amaze as well as the City sedan. The Jazz will also have a 1.2 liter petrol engine.


Honda has finally realized the importance of aggressive pricing in order to promote sales. This time the Honda Jazz is going to be priced between Rs. 4, 70,000 to Rs. 7, 50,000/- which is quite impressive.

This new model of Jazz is an much expected car in the list of upcoming new India cars 2015.

14. Datsun Redi Go:

This is the third car that Japanese automaker has strategically planned for India. Soon to join the Go and GO+ is the Redi Go. Unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo, this car will be a budget offering from the company. This B-Segment hatchback will sit above the existing GO.

The Redi-Go will have a more futuristic design along with its chrome hexagonal grille, sleek back headlights as well as LED fog lamps.

The Redi GO will be slightly more premium that the GO or the GO+. The car will have standard features like AUX-IN, 2 speakers, Mobile charging point, beige upholstery as well as a dash mounted gear lever and handbrake. This model is for sure the sleekest model in the list of upcoming new India cars 2015.

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The Redi Go will most likely be powered by the same 1.2 liter 3 cylinder engine as found on the previous versions. The engine will churn 67 BHP and 104 Nm of torque. The car may be offered with LPG or CNG fitting.


The Redi Go is expected to be priced between Rs. 3.5 lakhs to Rs. 5.5 lakhs. The car is expected to be launched in early 2015 in India

Let’s hope these cars are as good as they look.

Stay tuned until we release the list of Upcoming new India cars 2015- part 3 🙂

Upcoming new India cars 2015 – Part 1

"Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha"

2015 is almost here, it’s time for new resolutions, excitement, and the joy of saying “Namaste” to new cars.

This article should give you a sneak-peek into some of the most exciting budget friendly and mid budget upcoming new India cars 2015.

1. Tata Bolt:

As a part of Tata motor’s New Year resolution, the company aims at revamping its brand image in the country.  With the task of paving a path to a new direction, Tata motors had previewed the Tata Bolt at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show.

The Bolt is going to replace the Tata Vista. Although, the Bolt hatchback looks like a re-modified Indica, the company is doing justice to the new car by adding in more contemporary features. With edgy styling, exciting headlights, curvaceous body and large interiors, the car adapts a few cues from its previous generation siblings. For sure this is an expected model in the upcoming new India cars 2015

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The Bolt will be powered by a 1.2 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged Revotron Petrol Engine that rates at 75 PS and 145 Nm. The diesel variant will comprise of a 1.3 liter-4cylinder turbocharged Quadra Jet Power Plant that will churn out 75 PS power and 190 Nm torque. Both the engines will be driven by a 5-Speed manual gearbox.


The Expected launch Date of the Tata Bolt is September 2015 and the anticipated price ranges from Rs.5,00, 000 to Rs. 7,00,000/-


2. Maruti Suzuki YRA:

With rumors and a lot of buzz spreading like wild-fire over the internet, the latest news suggests that Maruti Suzuki is bringing out a new hatchback with a codename “YRA”.  Designed to take on competitors like Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz etc, the YRA is definitely good news for Maruti Suzuki Swift lovers.

The YRS carries similar headlamps and bumpers that were found on the successful Swift. Albeit the similarities, this hatchback has a premium look and feel complimented by a different look altogether. The YRA will most likely flaunt the wing mirror. The top end versions of the YRA will get chrome door handles; five spoke alloy wheels, rear wiper and defogger. It will also have larger rear bumper, stylish tail lamp and rear spoiler and a touch screen music system.

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The YRA is likely to be powered by a 1.2 liter petrol engine and a 1.3 liter diesel engine. The YRA is expected to make its debut sometime in 2015 at any motor show & there is a huge expectation for this car among the upcoming new India cars of 2015


Although there has been no indication about the price, the car should hopefully snuggle within the 10 Lakh budget.


3. Maruti Suzuki Jimny:

Maruti has been planning to launch the much awaited Maruti Jimny for long. The Jimny is an entry-level SUV that is to be brought on Indian roads. According to Maruti Officials, “the Jimny is to be driven in India due to pathetic performance of its Maruti Gypsy model

The Maruti Jimny is going to grab a pleasing amount of the SUV market share in India. Owing to growing demand for entry level SUV’s, the company hopes to bring this SUV soon. The Jimny will be positioned between Maruti Gypsy and Grand Vitara.

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The Jimny SUV will carry a 1.3 liter engine that would have lively performance along with strong fuel efficiency. With 85 PS power under its hood and 109 Nm torque producing capability, this SUV is going to be a great hoff-road machine in India.


The Maruti Jimny is most likely going to carry a price tag ranging from Rs. 5,50,000 to Rs. 10,00,000/- and might make its debut towards the end of 2015.

A lot of enthusiasts await this model among the upcoming new India cars of 2015

4. Maruti XA Alpha:

Although Maruti has not really been the popular kind in the compact SUV segment, the company has not lost hope. The XA Alpha concept was show at the 2012 Auto Expo held at New-Delhi and the production version is underway. The XA Alpha will be a sub-four-metre SUV that will be designed specifically for the Indian Market. Styling is going to be the prime focus of Maruti. Taking a hint from Mahindra’s XUV 500, the XA Alpha will have some tricks up its sleeves.


The Compact car is most likely to use Swift’s 1.2 liter K12 Petrol Engine that would comply with Indian government norms. However, Maruti will introduce the all new 1.5 liter diesel engine from Fiat in the XA Alpha’s Diesel variant.

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With an estimated price ranging between Rs. 7.5 Lakhs to Rs. 10 Lakhs, the XA Alpha will compete with Ford Eco Sport and Fiat Avventura.

This is a real nice looking model among the upcoming new India cars 2015

5. Renault Lodgy:

Renault Motors are on a roll in the Indian Market. Having made its presence felt on almost every segment, Renault now wants to enter into the MPV market.  The Lodgy is going to be Renault’s new offering in India. This MOV is a product of the company’s Romanian Subsidiary, Dacia, a company that had also created the popular Duster. The Lodgy is a box shaped MPV that has a 7 seat configuration as well as oodles of space all around. Sticking onto a simplistic design and simple interiors, the Lodgy is to compete with Mahindra Xylo, Nissan Evalia and Toyota Innova.

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The Lodgy might be offered only in a diesel variant. The 1.5 liter K9K diesel engine that was found on the Fluence might power the Lodgy as well. The engine will produce 110 PS power along with 240 Nm of torque.


With an expected launch in mid-2015, the Lodgy should carry a price tag ranging from Rs. 7 Lakhs to Rs. 9.50 Lakhs.

It is yet another awaited car in the list of upcoming new India cars of 2015

6. Mahindra S101:

Mahindra is developing a compact SUV to join its successful lineup. This compact will compete with Ford’s Eco Sport. The vehicle is already under development and carries the code name S 101. With aggressive styling that are most likely to be borrowed from the XUV 500, this compact SUV will be placed along with the Quanto, as the entry-level utility vehicle from Mahindra. The S101 is most likely going to carry a clamshell style bonnet that goes perfectly in line with most modern designs. This vehicle is going to be spacious enough to accommodate 6-7 people.

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The S 101 will probably be powered by the same diesel engine found on the Quanto that produces 100 bhp power and 240 Nm torque. The S 101 might also carry the 1.5 liter K9K Renault diesel engine.


Mahindra is aiming at an aggressive pricing. The starting price of the vehicle is most likely going to put the Ford Ecosport to shame. The S 101 is most likely to carry a price tag of Rs. 6 lakh- Rs. 8. 5 Lakh.

Mahindra is known to thrill fans with its SUV models & this is a much awaited model in the list of upcoming new India cars 2015

7. Ford KA:

The Ford Ka is a new anticipated hatchback from Ford. The car carries the code name B562 and is going to be developed by Ford Brazil, just like Eco Sport. The Ka concept was unveiled in Brazil in November 2013 and shares design cues similar to the European Ford Mondeo. Ford says that the Ka concept highlights “bold design, quality engineering and innovative technologies”, and adds that it will be “a new choice for entry-level urban customers”.

The hatchback will most probably be the first of its kind to roll out from Ford’s Sadanand facility in Gujarat. The KA looks bigger and more spacious than the Figo.

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The production version of the Ka will consist of the 1 liter 3 cylinder Eco Boost Petrol Engine. The diesel version will have a 1.4 liter TDCI mill. The Ka might also be positioned as the replacement of the Ford Figo. Chances are that Ford might also position the Ka as a competition to the i20 and VW Polo.


The Ford Ka is most likely going to hit the Indian market in Jan 2015. The Estimated price of the KA would be around 5-7 lakhs.

Check out the list of upcoming new India cars 2015 – Part II  HERE